7.0141 Further Rs: Liberal Arts' Computing Resources (2/70)

Wed, 25 Aug 1993 21:47:29 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0141. Wednesday, 25 Aug 1993.

(1) Date: Tue, 24 Aug 93 21:54:28 EDT (23 lines)
From: John Rakestraw <JRAKESTR@UGA>
Subject: Re: 7.0129 Computing Resources at Liberal Arts Colleges

(2) Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1993 08:34:04 -0400 (EDT) (47 lines)
From: Jacquelyn Smith <JSMITH@DREW.DREW.EDU>
Subject: Re:Willard's computing survey

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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 93 21:54:28 EDT
From: John Rakestraw <JRAKESTR@UGA>
Subject: Re: 7.0129 Computing Resources at Liberal Arts Colleges

I teach at Wesleyan College, a small liberal arts college for women in Macon,
Georgia. Since 1989 the college has provided each entering student her own
computer. Students don't see a bill for their computers, just as they don't
see a bill for professors' salaries or library purchases. (Of course, students
pay tuition, and so are paying at least part of the cost of the machines.)
Faculty plan and teach courses knowing that each student has immediate access
to a machine; most courses require computer use. Students who stay until
graduation take their machines with them when they graduate.
We are now in process of installing a campus-wide network. We're doing it in
stages, and I'm told we have some hope of having network connections in
almost all faculty offices, and perhaps the rooms in one of the student
residence halls, before the end of this academic year.

John Rakestraw
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Wesleyan College
Macon, GA 31297
912/474-7057, ext. 231
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Date: Wed, 25 Aug 1993 08:34:04 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jacquelyn Smith <JSMITH@DREW.DREW.EDU>
Subject: Re:Willard's computing survey

Date: 25-Aug-1993 08:12am EST
From: Smith, Jacquelyn
Tel No: (201)-408-4822

TO: Remote Addressee ( _in%EDITORS@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU )

Subject: Re:Willard's computing survey

Drew University (Madison, NJ- 2300 total student enrollment in College of
Liberal Arts(1500), Graduate School(365), and Seminary(430)) has what they call
a "computer initiative." Every student in the graduate school and the college
of liberal arts is required to buy a computer and printer when they first get
here. This has pros and cons, many already have computers, but that little
quibble is another post.

It is possible to get info from just about anyplace on campus, on just
about anything, by using one of the programs. There are also game
programs available to everyone. I am not very knowledgeable
about how to use a good bit of the technology available to me. I
understand there is an active underground computer communications going on
but I don't know anything about it.

The computing system, very interesting to me, is available to all faculty
(they may have to buy them) but very few actually use the system. And
those that do usually only use the wordprocessing program (it's
Wordperfect). All student papers are produced on computer, the library has
computer wiring and all computers are portable, I have an old desktop (3
years old) last year's students got a lap top.The main use of the system
is recreational, as far as I can tell. This post I consider recreational.
There is no use, to my knowledge, of computer use in the classroom but I may
be wrong on that.

Is this the kind of information you are looking for? I realize Drew may
not even fit into your parameters. But I thought it might be of interest
in comparision with the other posts that I have read.

Jackie Smith, Drew University Grad School